Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief by Jennifer Nez Denetdale

By Jennifer Nez Denetdale

In this groundbreaking e-book, the 1st Navajo to earn a doctorate in background seeks to rewrite Navajo heritage. Reared at the Navajo country in New Mexico and Arizona, Jennifer Nez Denetdale is the great-great-great-granddaughter of a well known Navajo leader, Manuelito (1816–1894), and his approximately unknown spouse, Juanita (1845–1910). inspired partially via seeing pictures of those ancestors, she started to discover her relations historical past as a manner of reading broader matters in Navajo historiography.

Here she offers a thought-provoking exam of the development of the historical past of the Navajo humans (Diné, within the Navajo language) that underlines the dichotomy among Navajo and non-Navajo views at the Diné prior. Reclaiming Diné History has fundamental ambitions. First, Denetdale interrogates histories that privilege Manuelito and marginalize Juanita so one can exhibit the various ways in which writing in regards to the Diné has been biased by way of non-Navajo perspectives of assimilation and gender. moment, she finds how Navajo narratives, together with oral histories and tales saved by way of matrilineal clans, function cars to show Navajo ideals and values.

By scrutinizing tales approximately Juanita, she either underscores the centrality of women’s roles in Navajo society and illustrates how oral culture has been used to prepare social devices, attach Navajos to the land, and interpret the prior. She argues that those comparable tales, learn with an information of Navajo construction narratives, demonstrate formerly unrecognized Navajo views at the previous. and he or she contends equally culture-sensitive re-viewing of the Diné may end up in the creation of a Navajo-centered history.

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